Yes, you read the title of this blog post correctly.
Today, we are talking about oils, and facial oils in particular. I know how many would react to the suggestion of putting facial oils on their face, That look of disgust, with their frowns and bewildered looks when I often suggest the usage of facial oils to my flying colleagues.
As a flight attendant, I am always in the air. The air in the aircraft is recycled, therefore it is VERY dry and will be totally lacking of moisture unlike our humid climate in Singapore. If you ever noticed, you will realise how hot towels or wet towelettes that are given out on the aircraft often become crispy & dry in a matter of minutes. So imagine what it does on our skin.
Why should I start using facial oils?
1.They can reduce wrinkles.
In a sunny island like Singapore, we are exposed to harmful UV rays which is accompanied by free radical damage to our skin. Pigmentation, sun spots, and dark patches of uneven skin is not cute. Therefore to prevent any premature aging, or further aging of the skin, it is recommended to use products with anti-oxidant ingredients/properties. A good recommendation would be grape seed oil that is rich in anti-oxidants, or Vitamine E based Argan Oils.
2. They are amazing for dry skin.
For those suffering from dry skin and dry patches, water based product can never give that oomph or surge of hydration. And that is where oils come in to save the day.
3. They can reduce skin irritations.
Facial oil like argan oil have anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore when accompanied with retinol or alpha hydroxy acids, they can counter sensitivity, redness and irritation. Likewise, if you enjoy using a physical or a strong chemical exfoliant on a frequent basic, facial oil like argan oil would definitely be your best friend.
COMBINATION & OILY SKIN:
But one major point to note is that, oils are NOT only suitable for DRY skin. Facial oils are beneficial for normal/combination & even oily skin. Yes, people always tell me how they hate to apply facial oil on their already oily skin. However, the key to seeing results with facial oil is selecting them with your skin type in mind. For someone that has an oily T-zone and dry areas on the other parts of their faces, you belong to the dehydrated skin group. Using a light weight facial oil would be best on your skin type. A common misconception is that if you have oily skin, you should never use a facial oil, or you basically don't need it since your skin is already excessively producing it. However that is entirely false! With a good and suitable facial oil, your skin will actually stop producing oil excessively. WHY? Our skin works in a sense, transmit and respond mechanism. If your skin in well moisturised, the skin will not produce excessive oil. However if you wash your oily face frequently, your skin is often only oil-free for a short period of time before it becomes an oily mess. The theory behind this common occurrence is that stripping the natural oils of your skin often causes the body to produce more oils to protect the skin. Hence, frequent washing of the face with stronger products just to remove excess oil is a definite no-no and you will only be left with a more oily complexion.
A few facial oil recommendations for normal/combination to oily skin:
Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil (Normal & Lightweight formula)
This is a personal favourite. I have gone through one big bottle of the original argan oil & am on my second bottle.
This oil works well when added into thicker foundations that are drying or to provide more moisture.
I have since introduced this to my flying colleagues and have got them hooked.
And a definite no brainer would be that facial oils are amazing for dry skin. Yes, I can vouch for that as I am someone who used to have chronic dryness on my face.
In the winter seasons or when my skin is just really dry, I realised how Coconut Oil really does wonders to my complexion. I will apply a liberal amount of the Kopari Coconut Oil from Sephora just after my usual skincare as my last step of the skincare regime. And when I wake up the next morning, my thirsty and dry skin would have soaked it in and all my dry patches are nowhere to be seen. Coconut Oil is amazing on the skin, hair and it even removes the most waterproof makeup. If you are unwilling to dish out about SGD$50 for a beauty grade coconut oil like the Kopari Coconut Melt, you can go to the drugstores or even pharmacies like GNC to get them at a more affordable price. However, do note that you should NOT be getting cooking grade coconut oil that has been processed else you run the risk of breaking out with acne, pimples or clogged pores etc.
With the vast types of facial oils in the market, I would always recommend first-timers to buy from sites like Sephora as they often have reviews just right below the product details. Skincare is pretty subjective as different people have different skin types & also skin concerns. Therefore, ample research is to be done before you dish out money for the item. Another good way to get more insights about a product is through Google, blog reviews and also Youtube videos. Just type in the name of the product and read it to decipher if it is suitable for you.
Here are my personal recommendations below (Includes the Kopari Coconut Melt mentioned above)
Marula Oil (no longer available on Sephora.com)
That's all for now! I hope you enjoy this light discussion of the newest Facial Oil trend!
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